Happy Birthday, President Thomas Jefferson!

Even though textbooks (and the Texas textbook committee) may decide to yank him out of history because “he kept slaves” and “he had a concubine” or “he picked his nose” or whatever (come ON, let’s be sensible and not revise history here), our third president made SIGNIFICANT contributions as a Founding Father and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson’s birthday is today, April 13th. It has been a national holiday since the 1938 Presidential proclamation, even if it hasn’t been observed for several decades. We should honor such a man with at least a mention of him in the textbooks!

Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me[1], I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.
-—Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775

[1] See?

“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God[2] entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator[3] with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

[2],[3] See?? It’s not that the Founding Fathers didn’t believe in and speak of the Creator. They were making sure no state religion such as the Church of England could be established and preferred or required.

[4] “The consent of the governed.” This means that if the representative is not voting the way her constituents intend her to, and if she is not representing the district but just saying, “I know best, and I’m voting the party line and/or the way the lobbyists want me to,” she needs to be kicked out. Just sayin’.

Anyway. Politicians would do well to actually READ these documents before they take office.

I’ve also devised a new way of electing candidates. First, we find an oracle, somewhere like in a volcano. Then we throw in the candidates one by one until the Oracle tosses one back up to us, which would indicate this is the Oracle’s recommendation for the job. I’ll bet we would have LOTS fewer candidates running in order to get power and money if we adopted this method.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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